Karl-Anthony Towns

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Basketball player
Karl-Anthony Towns
Player information
birthday 15th November 1995 (age 24)
place of birth Edison , New Jersey , United States
size 211 cm
position Center / Power Forward
college Kentucky
NBA draft 2015 , 1st pick , Minnesota Timberwolves
Club information
society Minnesota Timberwolves
league NBA
Jersey number 32
Clubs as active
Since 02015 Minnesota TimberwolvesUnited StatesUnited States
National team
Since 02012Dominican RepublicDominican Republic Dominican Republic

Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (born November 15, 1995 in Edison , New Jersey ) is a Dominican - American basketball player who has been under contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA since 2015 .


High school and college

Towns was born in Piscataway Township to an American and a Dominican . At the age of 16 years Towns was first coached by John Calipari in the national team of the Dominican Republic called. During his high school years, Towns took part in a variety of youth competitions including the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit , Jordan Brand Classic, and the McDonald's All-American Game . After high school, Towns decided to play under Calipari for the University of Kentucky . After a year in college, he decided to enroll in the NBA draft . In his first and final year as a freshman for the Kentucky Wildcats , Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds despite limited playing time of 21 minutes per game. For this he was named SEC Freshmen of the Year . However, his team was eliminated in the Final Four in the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship tournament .

Minnesota Timberwolves (Since 2015)

In the run-up to the 2015 NBA draft , Towns was traded as the number one pick. In the subsequent draft, Towns was selected first by the Minnesota Timberwolves . In Minnesota Towns met a young team led by Andrew Wiggins , Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio , which had the weakest season record in the league last year. Towns convinced in his first NBA games and was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November . He received the same award for December and January. His best game to date was against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 5, 2015 , when he scored 27 points and 12 rebounds. On January 29, 2016, he scored 32 points and 12 rebounds against the Utah Jazz , making him the youngest player since Kevin Durant , who managed a 30/10 game. At the NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 , “Bigmen” were allowed to compete in the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge for the first time. Towns won this in the final against guard Isaiah Thomas .

As the seventh rookie after Sidney Wicks , 1971-72 Trail Blazers (24.5, 11.5), Larry Bird , 1979-80 Celtics (21.3, 10.4), Ralph Sampson , 1983-84 Rockets (21, 0, 11.1), Hakeem Olajuwon , 1984-85 Rockets (20.6, 11.9), Tim Duncan , 1997-98 Spurs (21.1, 11.9) and Blake Griffin , 2010-11 Clippers (22 , 5, 12.1) he started every game and averaged at least 18 points and 10 rebounds (18.3, 10.4). Towns was consequently and unanimously voted Rookie of the Year . The Timberwolves still missed the playoffs in the 2015/16 season . Towns also missed the playoffs with the Wolves in his sophomore year, but he put on career highs and was the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 100 three-point throws in one season. With 25.1 points per game, he also led the Wolves as a scorer. In his third NBA year he was able to lead the Wolves into the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. There they lost to the favorite Houston Rockets . In the summer of 2018, Towns signed a five-year deal worth $ 190 million. In the following season, the Wolves could not meet expectations and Towns did not reach the playoffs with the Wolves.

NBA statistics

2015–16 Minnesota 82 82 32.0 .543 .341 .811 10.5 2.0 0.7 1.7 18.3
2016–17 Minnesota 82 82 37.0 .542 .367 .832 12.3 2.7 0.7 1.3 25.1
2017-18 Minnesota 82 82 35.6 .545 .421 .858 12.3 2.4 0.8 1.4 21.3
2018–19 Minnesota 77 77 33.1 .518 .400 .836 12.4 3.4 0.9 1.6 24.4
Career 323 323 34.4 .537 .392 .836 11.9 2.6 0.8 1.5 22.3

Legend for player statistics:
(GP = total games; GS = games in the starting line-up; MPG = minutes played per game; FG% = throw rate from the field; 3P% = throw rate from the 3-point range; FT% = free throw rate; OFF = offensive Rebounds per game; DEF = defensive rebounds per game; RPG = rebounds per game; APG = assists scored per game; BPG = blocks scored per game; PPG = points scored per game)


Web links

Commons : Karl-Anthony Towns  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Towns Jr. going global
  2. ^ Karl Towns Jr. commits to Kentucky
  3. ^ Timberwolves Select Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns with the First Overall Pick in the 2015 NBA Draft
  4. Timberwolves Forward / Center Karl-Anthony Towns Named KIA NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month
  5. Hood, Favors lead Jazz over Timberwolves 103-90 ( Memento of the original from October 11, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.nba.com
  6. Wolves' Towns named 2015-16 Kia Rookie of the Year. (No longer available online.) NBA.com, May 16, 2016, archived from the original on May 16, 2016 ; accessed on May 16, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.nba.com
  7. ^ Timberwolves Sign All-NBA Center Karl-Anthony Towns To Multi-Year Contract Extension